Porsche Reportedly Working on a Two-door Version of a Four-door Car (Don't Worry, There's a Four-door 'Coupe' SUV, Too)

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

The auto industry has become so unconventional, so bizarro world, that I became momentarily confused after reading a report that Porsche has a Panamera coupe in development.

Automakers don’t develop new coupes. They develop slightly more curvaceous versions of four-door crossovers and SUVs and call them coupes, but they’re certainly not coupes. Thus, I found myself picturing a curvaceous four-door liftback version of a curvaceous four-door liftback. Reality bent and flexed around me and the universe crumbled.

That’s apparently what Porsche is up to, though, and it’s looking like the two-door version of the Panamera — if built — will serve as a spiritual successor to the long departed 928.

The report from Germany’s AutoBild (via Motor1) claims we could see a grand touring variant of the Panamera sometime next year. Recall that Porsche recently stretched the model into something resembling a wagon — the Panamera Sport Turismo. The Panamera home could find itself hosting a threesome in a year’s time, though there’s a chance the model will appear under a separate name.

Joining this new two-door vehicle in the Porsche lineup is a much more obvious model, AutoBild claims, and that’s the requisite four-door coupe SUV — something Porsche, oddly, does not yet have. Yes, the Cayenne will reportedly gain a swoopier sibling, allowing its largest vehicle to battle the likes of the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe.

This model will apparently show its face (and carefully massaged rear end) later this year.

Much later, we can expect an electric version of the Macan SUV, riding atop a new, dedicated EV platform and housing three powerplants of varying grunt. Buyers would be able to choose from outputs of 215 to 430 horsepower. Range is pegged at 310 European miles, which translates into a U.S. driving distance somewhere in the low-to-mid 200-mile range — on par with the Jaguar I-Pace. The Macan EV should appear in 2022.

Four-door coupe SUVs, high-end grand tourer coupes, and electric vehicles. Yup, there’s no mistaking Porsche for anything but a premium German automaker.

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  • Roberto Esponja Roberto Esponja on May 04, 2018

    Am I the only one that thinks those avocado calipers make Porsches look like crap? Yeah, I know, it's a hybrid model thing, but come on...

    • Wodehouse Wodehouse on May 04, 2018

      Peek-a-boo calipers are the automotive equivalents of the human Tramp Stamp: unfortunate, and, extremely popular trends. Yuck!

  • Johnster Johnster on May 05, 2018

    I think a 2-door Panamera sounds great. I liked the 928, but it always looked a bit off to me. Also, I think that the station wagon version of the Panamera looks better than the 4-door.

  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X The push for EV's is part of the increase in our premiums. Any damage near the battery pack and the car is a total loss.
  • Geozinger Up until recently this was on my short list of cars to replace my old car. However, it didn't pass the "knee test" with my wife as her bad knee makes it difficult for her to get in and out of a sedan. I saw a number of videos about the car and it seems like the real deal as a sporting sedan. In addition I like the low price, too, but it was bad luck/timing that we didn't get to pull the trigger on this one.
  • ToolGuy I agree with everyone here. Of course there are exceptions to what I just said, don't take everything so literally. The important thing is that I weighed in with my opinion, which is helping to move things forward. I believe we can all agree that I make an important contribution (some will differ, that is their prerogative). A stitch in time saves nine. Life isn't fair, you know. I have more to say but will continue at our next meeting. You can count on that, for I am a man of my word. We will make it happen. There might be challenges. I mean, it is what it is. This too shall pass. All we can do is all we can do. These meetings are never really long enough for me to completely express all the greatness within me, are they? Let's meet to discuss. All in a day's work. After all, Rome wasn't built in a day. At the end of the day, I must say I agree with you. I think you will agree. When all is said and done, there is more said than done. But of course that is just one man's opinion. You are free to disagree. As I like to say...(I am working on my middle management skills -- how am I doing?)
  • Golden2husky Have to say he did an excellent job on the C7, especially considering the limited budget he was given. I am very happy with my purchase.
  • Marty The problem isn't range; it's lack of electricity in multi-unit building parking. All you need is level 1 - a standard 120v wall socket - and if you're plugged in 10 hours overnight you get 280 miles per week or more. That's enough for most folks but you can use public charging to supplement when needed. Installing conduit circuits and outlets is simple and cheap; no charge stations needed.
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